LA’s Best Outdoor Summer Concerts For Families
There are so many reasons to be in Los Angeles in the summer and one of them is the amount of fun events for families. We’ve compiled a list of the best Outdoor Summer Concerts for Families in and around Los Angeles. Most of them are free and all of them are a really fun way to be together as a family and hear great music by DJs and local and national musicians.
Beverly Canon Gardens
241 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA
Every Thursday evening, from June 7th through August 30th, families are invited to enjoy free live musical performances. A variety of musical genres will be performed including Big Band, Latin Salsa, Jazz, and more. There are two 45-minute performances each night — one at 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm and one from 7:15-8:00 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Thursday nights from July 5th through August 16th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the Autry hosts Sizzling Summer Nights. These fun events are described as “outdoor parties” complete with free dance lessons, opportunities to explore the Museum’s galleries, a separate children’s dance floor, and more. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Reservations are recommended. ($14 for adults; $10 for students and seniors; $6 for children 3-12).
locations all over Southern California
KCRW is hosting a series of free, all-ages outdoor performances from June 2nd through September 6th. Performances include live bands and DJ sets from KCRW’s Raul Campos and Dan Wilcox. Locations include the Hammer Museum in Westwood, One Colorado in Pasadena, and the California African American Museum in Exposition Park to name a few.
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Redondo Beach Pier is the site of free concerts every Thursday and Saturday night during the summer from July 5th through August 30th. Musical genres include jazz, rock, salsa, swing, country, blues, and Hawaiian. Concerts are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood, CA 90068
On summer Saturday mornings(June 30, July 7, July 28, and August 4), the Ford Theatre hosts Big World Fun performances. These special events serve to introduce children to a variety of music and dance styles. Before the show, children are entertained and educated with craft activities as well as opportunities to learn about different wild animals. Performances are designed for children ages 4-12. Admission is $5 for adults, with children attending for free. Check the website for more information.
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Concerts on the Green are scheduled for Sunday evenings from June 10th through August 19th. Bring a picnic, blankets, low chairs, and pillows and get ready for fun, family-friendly musical evenings. These free concerts begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm.
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Each Friday night, from May 25th through August 31st, the Farmers Market hosts its annual Friday Night Music series. These free performances are from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and feature a variety of musical genres including Latin Jazz, Motown Americana, and more.
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Each Sunday, from July 1st through September 2nd, Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park is the site of free summer concerts. Enjoy sunshine, good times, and good music at these popular concerts. Teen bands are scheduled from 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm and the main band performs from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Free concerts are held at Burton Chace Park on Thursdays and Saturdays (beginning July 12 and concluding on September 1) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Check the website for a schedule of performers. Seating is first-come, first-served. You can RSVP online.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
The Pasadena POPS will be performing at the L.A. Arboretum on five different Saturdays (June 23, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 8). Concerts are scheduled for 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are available online.
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
W. 6th St. and S. Park View St., Los Angeles, CA
MacArthur Park is the site of 50 free summer concerts, from June 9th through September 2nd. Their goal is to “make live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities while celebrating the diversity of our city and beyond.” Check the website for a complete schedule.
5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills, CA
The city of Agoura Hills hosts its own Summer Concerts in the park series. Performances are on Sundays (June 17, July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 19). These free concerts begin at 6:00 pm and include tributes to popular performers such as Elton John, Neil Diamond, and others. Food is on sale beginning at 5:00 pm. (The July 22nd concert will be held at the Agoura High School PAEC).
275 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Join us for our 2018 Summer Concerts at Janss Marketplace, Wednesdays June 27th to August 22nd*, 6 – 8pm! Don’t miss the excellent music, great food, and good times! Come enjoy top California bands performing LIVE before or after enjoying a meal from one of the many great restaurants at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Concerts will be staged between the food and fountain courtyards each week.
The Point at Rosecrans and Sepulveda
850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245
The Point hosts free live musical performances each Wednesday, beginning July 11th and concluding on August 29th. Concerts are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and cover a range of musical genres including country, rock, and more.
Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
You’ll enjoy a variety of musical talent at the monthly Tiny Porch Concerts performances (June through September). With Tiny Porch Concerts, families can enjoy live musical performances in an incredible setting — the Santa Monica Mountains. Park rangers are also on hand at every show to answer any questions families may have about their surroundings. VIP Tickets are available online and guarantee you a reserved seat or families may bring low chairs, blankets, and picnics to the concerts. Concerts are scheduled for June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 8.
Pershing Square Summer Concerts
532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
From July 11 to August 18, Pershing Square is the site of Saturday Concert Series. Families are invited to come, relax, and enjoy free musical entertainment. Guests are welcome to get comfortable beginning at 7:00 pm in preparation for the 8:00 show. Food trucks will also be on hand.
1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank, CA 91501
Enjoy the great location and awesome sight lines at the Starlight Bowl this summer, with an impressive lineup of musical acts. This terrific park venue in the City of Burbank offers food for sale or allows you to bring your own picnic to enjoy. Shows begin at 6:30 pm. This is a ticketed event, with premium seats available as well as blanket and beach chair areas.
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This year, Santa Monica Pier’s popular Twilight Concerts will take place after Labor Day. Families enjoy live music right on the beach, with concerts taking place on Wednesday evenings. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Check the website for more information as it becomes available.
South Side of the Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach, CA
Each Sunday in August, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier is the location for free concerts. End the week, and gear up for the next week, with fun, music, and a sunset show!
600 Block of Main St., El Segundo, CA
Library Park in El Segundo hosts four free concerts during the summer on June 17th, July 8th, July 22nd, and August 5th. Concerts begin at 4:00 pm. Local food trucks will also be on site.
300-350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Downtown Los Angeles offers Grand Performances — a series of free events all summer long. Events are held on different days of the week with most being evening performances (8:00 pm). Performances include music, dance, screenings, and more. Some performances may be more family-friendly than others, so be sure to check the website for details.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
A great way to introduce children to different musical genres is by attending a free concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their “Jazz at LACMA Series” is held on Friday evenings and begins at 6:00 pm. LACMA’S “Latin Sounds” is held each Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The “Sundays Live” series is a weekly chamber music series held each Sunday at 6:00 pm.
Barnes Park Amphitheater
350 W. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer in the City of Monterey Park, Barnes Park Amphitheater. The free concert series will begin each night at 6:00 pm. Amphitheater seats and lawn seating available. Concerts are scheduled for Sunday, June 10; Wednesday, July 4th (live entertainment and a special 4th of July Fireworks show, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm); and Sunday, August 12.
1419 N. Topanga Canyon, Topanga, CA
It’s “musical fun for the whole family” at Family Fundays. Performances are on select Sundays (from June 3rd through September 23rd) at 10:30 am or 11:00 am. These interactive theatre experiences are designed for children two and older. Check the website for details.
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